My, this was a really pleasent surprise.
I did'nt thought that Mackie's issues were bad per se since it had interesting ideas and nice action, the problem was its execution, it had really bad dialogue sometimes and the characterization was not that deep.
All that changed with this issue thanks to Michael Alan Nelson who does a much better job in terms of narration, ideas, execution and complexity. This time the spotlight is given to Rose and especially Warblade who shows a dose of humor unlike his previous appearances dealing with a town of potential human bombs. It was quite interesting to see the interaction between them and the residents.
This issue gave me hope for the whole series.